Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values
James A. Joseph is Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke University. Joseph served as the United States Ambassador to South Africa from 1996 to 2000, and as the Under Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior from 1977 to 1981. He was the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations, Vice President of the Cummins Engine Company, and served as Chaplain of the Claremont Colleges. He is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Order of Good Hope, South Africa’s highest award to a citizen of a foreign country. Joseph is also the author of Leadership as a Way of Being, Remaking America: How the Benevolent Traditions of Many Cultures are Transforming Our National Life, and The Charitable Impulse: Wealth and Social Conscience in Communities and Cultures Outside the United States.
The Twenty-First Century: Leadership and Public Values
This chapter describes a partnership launched by the author between two world-class universities (Duke and the University of Cape Town) to help build a culture of ethical and effective leadership in southern Africa and among communities of color in the United States. It showcases the contributions of some of the graduates of the program who have gone on to high-profile leadership roles in their communities and countries as mayors, private foundation executives, members of Parliament, senior executives in business, and a college president.
This chapter brings the narrative to a conclusion by identifying a lexicon of public values that have shaped and guided the author’s engagement in public life, whether as a social activist, a business executive, or a government official, or in the many other activities that have challenged him to integrate values into his work. Drawing from personal experience as well as the work of moral theologians, economists, and philosophers, the author goes beyond the microethics that build character to argue for a set of social values that he describes as the macroethics required for a complex, interdependent world.